Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Polar Plunge

Baby it's cold outside!!

We went from 50 degrees to 10 degrees overnight last week!
That was a rude awakening!
There is just no easing into cold weather this year!

And then we had some snow . . . on Saturday!
Miss M was thoroughly disgusted!
While she likes the snow well enough, she really wished for a LOT
of snow and on a school day -- yes please!

However, Maddy and Muffy just had
to get outside and enjoy some
fun in the snow!
Scotties love to rub their faces in snow,
don't you know!

And we were happy to see that Muffy's favorite
bench for terrorizing squirrels that dare to walk
along the fence is still available.
Squirrels beware!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

That Elusive "Perfect" Photo for the Card!

Yes, we joined the throngs of
families attempting to get that "perfect" photo
for the annual Christmas card recently!

Even though she is getting older and has more patience with me,  
it can still be a bit of challenge as someone gets bored,
tired, wants to dance and/or do cartwheels. 
When I start to see 
the always attractive "eye-roll",  
 I know my time is up!

While I enjoy dragging her
out for photos, we might still be
trying for that perfect shot, however, the weather
has turned on us!
We knew it would happen and our lovely fall
couldn't last forever!
But . . . who expected ice and January-type
temperatures in November???
Not me! 
So, one of the photos recently taken will have to do!

And I jumped in and got a great sale on Shutterfly today
- so they said anyway.
I feel a bit ahead of schedule this year!
We'll see how long that lasts!
Making any headway on your holiday list yet?

Monday, November 10, 2014

Mini Blueberry Pies for Mom

My sweet Mother's birthday was this past Sunday.
I have been thinking of her a lot lately and missing her so.

Maddy, Mom and me from 2009
Fall was her favorite time of year and one of her (and our favorite activities) was baking pies --
her specialty was apple pies!
Of course, she made the crust from scratch and baked each pie with the
perfect amount of juicy apples and love.

Once in a while my Dad would buy a frozen apple pie he found
on sale somewhere and would attempt to say it was as good as homemade.
She and I both turned up our noses at those!
There's just no beating one of her homemade apple pies.
You should have tasted her homemade dinner rolls and cinnamon rolls!

So, in honor of her birthday the other day,
I made . . . mini blueberry pies!
Although they looked a bit messy,
they were delicious and I know she would have loved them!

Recipe and directions from the Pioneer Woman.

My Mom would have loved her and her fun cooking show!

Thinking of you on your birthday and every single day Mom.
You are loved and missed.

Friday, November 7, 2014

It's Friday - TGIF

Yippee - it's Friday!

Just a few random thoughts and updates from me today.
Jane LOVED these very cool works of art in the bear area!
Last Friday - one of of the coldest days we've had
so far, Maddy and I headed to 
the Number 1 zoo in the country -
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo -
with Catherine and the little kids!

Even though it was cold and windy initially -
we had a great day!
The zoo has plenty of indoor exhibits and that saved
us!  The aquarium there is world-class!
First time that I've ever been in without a thousand other
people!  So cool!

We also saw some favorites  - the Big cats
and the bears!

It was a great outing! 
 Thanks for inviting us to 
tag along Catherine!

And, I leave you with this --
 Cboo at Halloween! :)

What you are doing this weekend?
Make it a fun one!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Hello November!

It happened again -- I blinked and 
October was over 
November was here!

We had a definite taste of November and very
chilly weather on Halloween! 
We are talking the 20s people!

You know what that means . . .
time to get out the vests with furry hoods and pull
on the comfy and warm boots!

Muffy has been a little under the weather, so
we took her on a fall photo walk Sunday afternoon.
She kind of enjoyed the walk, but
she is not a fan of the wind blowing 
leaves around! 
The wind makes the terrier in her want to fight those wild leaves!

You know what we love about November?
There are still some leaves on the trees and Thanksgiving and family 
and pumpkin pie and feeling thankful!
Hello November!

Friday, October 31, 2014

First Annual Trunk or Treat!

This year marked the very first Trunk or Treat at 
Maddy's school!  

It was a huge success!
Even the chilly temps and cold wind blowing
did not deter the trick or treaters or parents!
Over 50 trunks participated!
Great turnout for the first year!
A live band, loads of candy,
hot dogs and chips -- what a party!

As you can see, Maddy and her friends
were Ninja Turtles!
One of Maddy's friends had been searching
Pinterest for weeks trying to find a semi-easy
Didn't they do a fabulous job!
They spray-painted aluminum foil turkey roasting pans for their shells!
So cute!!

And bonus,
the first junior high dance was held after
trunk or treat and was a costume party/dance!

Sweet to have the first dance with . . . 
boys (!!!)
as a costume party! :)

Such  a great costume!

The teachers and our parish priests, 
including Monsignor Tucker, participated!
A little weird to see them without their white collars!

Father Mills, Father Zimmer and Monsignor Tucker

The girls -- I mean Ninja Turtles are hoping to win
Best Costume!
Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 27, 2014


Hello friends!
How was your weekend?
Busy getting costumes together?  Buying candy?
Yes, me too!

Need a cuddle?
Maddy put together her costume and her niece, Janie,
is also Lambie of Doc McStuffin's fame!
We can't wait to get the Lambies together!

We visited the outdoor mall's Halloween 
Some scary and creepy folks there hired by the
mall to "entertain!"  
That person in the red totally creeped me out and would
not get out of the photo!
Maddy did a great job ignoring her!

Coldstone Creamery was giving out
scoops of cotton candy ice cream!
Miss M declared it deliciously yummy and
perfect on a day that we hit a record
high of 86 degrees!
It was hotter here than at my sister's in
Jacksonville, Florida!!

Maddy and I also went to the annual
Boo at the Zoo!
Oh my -- waiting while the hot sun baked on 
her black hair for an hour was not fun!
But . . . the fun commenced once we entered the zoo.

The Grand Wizard Zoo Director
She collected all kinds of goodies and all kinds
of advertisements and coupons
from local businesses.
I say, hand over the candy, forget the paper stuff!
But you know me,  
I'm kind of bossy and cranky that way!

Who knew that Wells Fargo had a dog named Jack??
More fun to come this week with
Trunk or Treat at school on Thursday
and some real trick or treating on Friday!

Have a Happy Halloween Week!

Last year as "Where's Waldo" at work!
Miss you H&S friends!